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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.


The functions <upload> and <download> are counterintuitive as used when interacting with the Internet.

When I setup my first Personal Computer in the 1980s, I immediately noticed that the nomenclature for <download> and <upload> are reversed. It should be that the PC user downloads to the internet because the human user is superior to the electronic, nonhuman internet, de facto, by virtue of having created it. Conversely, the internet is merely a tool, albeit a very expansive tool, so it should upload to the superior, human users. It really jarred my sensibilities when the internet preemptively downloaded to me and then commanded that I upload to it, from the lowly position into which it place me. It shocked me that everyone just went along with what actually amounts to an enduring, repetitive insult to status. Apparently everyone is comfortable with selecting <Submit> in order to proceed. I am not.

Happily, today I see a small correction to this forty year-old error, when a website asked me to <Agreed and Proceed> in order to proceed into that website, instead of <submit>.

<Agreed and Proceed>

animation and still image by Annmarie Throckmorton 2021

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